A word of warning, Trish is a good friend of mine whom I've actually met in real life, and she's gone back to knitting after a long break due in part to my nefarious influence. She e-mails me a lot of questions, and I attempt to keep up. So here we go. Brace yourselves.
The Great Minds and What They'd Knit Debate:
Trish: What about Freud?? I'm seing him as a bikini knitting sort of dude, then he'd blame it on his mother.
Me: He'd have knit a cigar and explained how it wasn't a cigar, it was symbolic of penis envy or penisness or penile disfunction or gonads and strife, in a bad Austrian accent sounding vaguely like the Terminator, until we all shrieked and/or threw up. Or he'd have knit something that looked like a bird's nest with not one real stitch in it while whacked out on cocaine. I don't consider Freud a Great Mind. (He was a guy with One Good Idea: see Eli Whitney and Henry Ford, among others.) And the concept of Penis Envy? HAH. I've got enough stuff flopping around on me without one of those.
Trish: Inox circulars, all the way!!!
Me: I love them too. The craft store didn't have them. I'm ordering some as soon as my last writing paycheck goes through.
Trish: can you imagine Julie with clickety clack needles?
Me: Can you imagine me heavily sedated? Oh, wait....
Trish: how exactly do you take the pink yarn out? (I assume she means the provisional cast-on I've got going on the neck of the Blue Shimmer.)
Me: Slowly, with great annoyance, snipping off bits every few stitches. I'll probably have to get a swing-arm mounted magnifying glass to keep track of what I'm doing. I should have used a crochet cast on, which would just unravel right out, but I brain-farted and used a long-tail cast on which I will pay dearly for, later.
Trish: And why didn't you tell me that trick when I asked you that for the hat I am making???
Me: You asked me about yarns to use, and told me you were starting over because the hat was too big and if you'd payed attention to that gauge swatch article you proof-read for me, you'd probably know why. You never MENTIONED needing a cast-on for it. Ergo, I did not tell you about it. What am I, the Psychic Knitter? No. I am the Samurai Knitter.
Trish: Seems like you're keeping the good tips for yourself :::sniff sniff:::
Me: Ditto on what am I, the psychic knitter?
I will happily write a book containing every shred of my knitting knowledge. Get me a book deal and I'll get right to work.
I think that concludes todays sniping commentary (mine, not Trish's.)